How to Fix Hulu Error Code 16 and Invalid Region Messages?

Published: Jan 7, 2020

Hulu Error Code 16 that comes with invalid region messages is probably the most common Hulu error. It is mostly triggered when you try to try to access Hulu outside of its territory - the US. However, people living in the US may also find themselves struggling with the same problem due to certain reasons. Below, we are going to talk about what causes the infamous error code 16 and what you can do to fix it.

Despite all the benefits that Hulu offers, its location-locked content library is a huge bummer. Even though regional-restrictions are commonly associated with almost all major online streaming services, Hulu lags far behind the streaming giant Netflix in popularity due to its availability in the US only. Netflix serves a global community in 180+ countries of the world, however, not the same content is available for everyone. It sure does restrict access to content on the basis of a users’ location but it’s not specifically a US based service like Hulu and Amazon Prime.

What’s Causing Hulu Error 16?

Hulu Error 16 is an invalid region code that looks something like this:

  • We're sorry, currently our video library can only be streamed within the United States. For more information on Hulu's international availability, click here.
  • If you're inside the United States and believe you've received this message in error, please click here.

If you’re living outside the US, Hulu error 16 simply indicates that the service isn’t available in your current location. However if you’re based in the US and still getting the error, it means that Hulu has detected use of a VPN or proxy.

How Does Hulu Know I’m Using a VPN or Proxy?

Online streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu are not fond of any tool that hides a users’ real location, simply to prevent access to its content from any prohibited region. Smart DNS proxies are basic, and can be easily detected by Hulu. But Hulu firewall doesn’t just stop there. A number of paid VPN services also fail miserably to go undetected so a free VPN doesn’t even stand a chance.

Hulu doesn’t really have a means to distinguish between a normal IP and a VPN IP because they are really the same. It can only detect and blacklist those IP addresses that have been recurrently used by multiple users to access the service. That’s why VPN services that have a small server network with limited IP addresses get blocked by Hulu.

How to Fix Hulu Error Code 16

For people living outside the US, not all hopes are lost. There are still a few VPN services such as PureVPN that can get around the Hulu firewall easily and in turn, ward off the pesky Error 16 from your screen. With a vast network of 2000+ servers and 300,000+ IP addresses, you can border-hop to watch Hulu from anywhere you want without being exposed.

For people living in the US using a VPN or proxy to watch Hulu may try turning it off to see if it resolves the error. Here’s how you can do it:

For Android:

  • Go to ‘Settings’ > ‘Network and Internet’
  • Click on ‘VPN’
  • Click on the gear icon
  • Turn off the VPN if connected

For iOS:

  • Go to ‘Settings’ on your iOS device
  • Choose ‘Wi-Fi’
  • Tap the blue icon next to ‘Wi-Fi’
  • Navigate to ‘HTTP Proxy option’ and turn it off

iOS users who are still getting the error can try the solution below.

Delete Your Configuration Profiles

Here’s how:

  • Go to ‘Settings’
  • Open ‘General’
  • Scroll down and choose ‘Profiles’
  • Tap ‘Delete Profiles’ and try to use Hulu again